Berkshire Eagle OpEd: Healey, AGs fight DeVos' anti- student agenda

07.10.2017

Published July 7, 2017

As U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos' most important constituency would seem to be students. There has been little indication that she sees it that way, however, and the latest evidence is her imposition of a delay on implementing an Obama-era policy that would provide needed loan protections to students enrolled in for-profit educational institutions. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is taking the lead in protecting that policy.

Last Thursday, Ms. Healey led a coalition of 19 state attorneys general in a lawsuit against the education secretary's delay, claiming that, "Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans." The Borrower Defense Rule that Ms. DeVos is blocking would allow, among other remedies, students to obtain loan forgiveness if a for-profit institution was shown to be predatory or deficient in delivering the education it promised. Also, the Rule would limit the ability of schools to require students to sign away their right to seek redress in court — a standard industry practice.

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